cortical

adjective
cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex

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Other Words from cortical

cortically \ ˈkȯr-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cortical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What does brain flexibility and rapid cortical takeover have to do with dreaming? David Eagleman, Time, "Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains," 29 Dec. 2020 As a result, the cortical neurons in captive animals process information less efficiently than those living in enriched, more natural environments. Bob Jacobs, The Conversation, "The neural cruelty of captivity: Keeping large mammals in zoos and aquariums damages their brains," 24 Sep. 2020 Her daughter has several conditions, including cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment and epilepsy, Guilbault said. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air teen Faith Guilbault participates in first virtual Runway of Dreams adaptive fashion show," 14 Aug. 2020 In both dogs and humans, subcortical parts of the brain process intonations, while higher, cortical parts of the brain process word meanings. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Keep Talking! Study Shows Dogs Process Speech in the Same Way Humans Do," 5 Aug. 2020 One 1992 study found that women lose about 50% of their trabecular bone and 30% of their cortical bone during the course of their lifetime. Maria Del Russo, Woman's Day, "7 Menopause Symptoms All Women Should Know About," 18 June 2020 One way to think of this is as nature’s way to prevent cortical idleness. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Reshapes Our Malleable Senses to Fit the World," 24 Mar. 2020 The team created a model of the ventral region by adding an extra protein to cortical spheroids at just the right time. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Organoids” Reveal How Human Forebrain Develops," 24 Jan. 2020 This leaves the second eye functional but with no cortical neurons to talk to. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Reshapes Our Malleable Senses to Fit the World," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cortical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cortical was in 1671

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“Cortical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cortical. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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cortical

adjective
cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex cortical tissue
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex cortical blindness

Other Words from cortical

cortically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortical (audio) \ adverb

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